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The distinguished and ancient surname Chrysler means "maker of earthenware utensils, potter." It is likely that the progenitor of the name came from a family of potters.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kreisler, Krisler, Crysler, Chrysler, Creisler, Krysler and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where the young Chrysler family was gaining a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It held a family seat in the canton of Friburg. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chrysler research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1700 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Chrysler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chrysler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • W S Chrysler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • W L Chrysler, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H. Chrysler and Edna Chrysler, who both arrived in New York city in 1854
  • Edna Chrysler, who landed in New York in 1854
  • H Chrysler, who arrived in New York in 1854

Chrysler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Lt. Adam Chrysler U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. John Chrysler U.E who settled in Niagara, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. John Chrysler Jr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. John Chrysler Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. Peter Chrysler U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783

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  • Walter Percy Chrysler (1875-1940), American born in Kansas, son of a locomotive driver, who trained as a mechanical engineer, and went on to form the Chrysler motor corporation; he was named Time magazine's man of the year in 1928
  • Roy Chrysler, American Republican politician, Member of Colorado State Senate, 1950
  • Dick Chrysler (b. 1942), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1995-97; Defeated, 1992, 1996


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The Chrysler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chrysler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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